Parliamentarians attending the ongoing 2018 pre-budget seminar have called for attractive energy tariffs to support economic growth and creation of conducive environment to attract private players in the energy sector.

Attractive electricity tariffs, reliable power and competitive fuel pricing is critical in unlocking the potential of the domestic economy according to parliamentarians.

As part of the recommendations, parliamentarians have called for a downward review in tariffs.

The parliamentarians also highlighted the need for transparency in the implementation of power projects.

Energy and Power Development Minister Dr Samuel Undenge welcomed some of the recommendations adding that key priority areas for 2018 will be Kariba South Hydro Power plant project, Hwange 7 and 8 expansion and the Gwanga solar project.

According to the report presented by the committee on mines and energy among some of the challenges facing the sector include the ZESA Holdings debt, delays in the disbursement of funds for operations from Treasury and non-allocation of capital budgets to Rural Electrification Fund.